Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pic(k) of the week 20: SUNSET OVER SKYDIVE DUBAI

Now that the temperatures are on the rise over the Gulf region, the best time for Landscape photography, is slowly coming to a close... Lets enjoy those last moments of the season!

The sunset image below was shot at the Palm dropzone of Skydive Dubai; right in front of Dubai Marina with its spectacular skyscrapers and just adjacent to the manmade island, "Palm Jumeirah". In less than 10 years, Skydive Dubai has become one of the Worlds premier Skydiving centers. It was also one of the main sites of the 2015 World Air Games, held in Dubai last year.

The Skydive Dubai runway, which is visible in the top right of the image, sits on pillars mounted in the sea and makes for a spectacular aircraft carrier like airport. 

Image details:
Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF10-24mm f4 lens
ISO 200, f9.0, 24mm (36mm full frame equivalent)
5 bracketed shots between 1.5s and 1/20s
MacPhun Aurora HDR Pro for HDR processing

Although I initially processed the image using classic image blending techniques, I ended up using a version processed in MacPhun's Aurora HDR Pro for a more dramatic effect. I especially like how one can easily use different versions of the image by using layers and then easily paint in what is needed without the usual hard transitions. And oh boy it is fast! The processing of the image took me less than 5 minutes; while it took about 40 minutes to get a similar result with the image blending technique in Photoshop.

Remember, "Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn".


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